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A Spinning Rod with Multiple Personalities : Denali's Lithium L883MS Multi-Spin (continued)

Sensitivity: The L883MS is made from what Denali terms IM8+ graphite. I'm not sure what IM8+ entails but then again all of the terminology used to describe graphite material has gotten a bit out of hand lately. The best way to judge whether or not a certain rod is to your liking material wise or other, really is to just fish it. Fishing the L883MS reveals good sensitivity attributed to the blank material and also in the impressive guide array.


Sensitivity of the rod's blank is good

This stick has 13 semi-micro guides spaced out along its blank ensuring good number of contact points with your line to transmit information back to the blank and into your hand.


Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Denali Rods Lithium L883MS Multi Spin against the averages of our general purpose rods separated by power. As you can see, though the Multi Spin comes with a medium heavy power rating, it tests out much lighter

Power: This is where things get a little difficult to explain. First off, the L883MS is rated as a medium heavy powered rod. Fishing it, leaves me with the impression it's somewhere between a medium and medium heavy powered stick. It has plenty of power to drive treble and single, jigstyle hooks home and gives you a lot of leverage when battling your catch. All that is good.


Checking out the tip

What I found odd was how the rod actually charted out in our deflection curve. Because it has such a moderate taper and bends through the length of the rod when under load, its deflection curve bends more towards the medium light side after about twelve ounces of load is applied to the tip. Before that, the L883MS's deflection curve lines up pretty closely with that of our historical average of medium powered sticks.


The Multi Spin even makes a good tube rod

This is simply an illustration of why it's important for us to conduct both the lab and real world tests when evaluating a product for review. For the L883MS, I'll stick to my original impression of it being more of a medium powered rod.


Good quality cork with minimal filler material

Design & Ergonomics: The L883MS tipped our scales at five point seven ounces (5.7oz) with a balance point of seven and a half inches (7.5") above the center point of the reel seat. The rod's balance, for a spinning rod is pretty good, but its weight could be better especially given its minimal build. But rather than heavy or cumbersome out on the water, the L883MS simply feels solid and durable while fishing.


Each end of the trip is capped with a decorative aluminum piece

Lab Results for Denali Rods Lithium L883MS Multi Spin

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Denali Rods Lithium L883MS Multi Spin
2.36
Fast
5.7
7.5
0.24
Medium Power Avg
2.19
--
4.2
7.9
0.18
Medium Heavy Pwr Avg
1.76
--
4.6

8.0

0.19
Heavy Power Avg
1.39
--
5.1
8.2
0.23


Jeff Kriet definitely steered us in the right direction when referring to the L88MS as an all purpose candidate

Price & Applications: Jeff Kriet definitely steered us in the right direction when referring to the L88MS as an all purpose candidate in a spinning rod because this stick is capable of supporting you in so many different techniques from moving baits to vertical presentations. As part of Denali's Lithium series of rods, retail on the L883MS is $199.99.


As part of Denali's Lithium series of rods, retail on the L883MS is $199.99

Ratings:

Denali Rods Lithium L883MS Multi Spin Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A solid, clean build 8.5
Performance Excellent caster with good power 8.5
Price Good, but not Great value 7
Features Split Rear Grip, Woven Graphite overlay on first quarter of rod, exposed blank reel seat, SS framed guides with ceramic inserts 6.5
Design (Ergonomics) Solid feel, but a little heavy overall 7
Application A good, multi-purpose spinning rod option 7.5

Total Score

7.5

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Good Power - A little heavy
+ Versatile Taper  
+ Feels solid in hand  


If you're looking for one spinning rod to handle a very wide variety of presentations, the L883MS from Denali is very worthy of consideration
.

Conclusion: Sometimes, to get a bait where you want when you want, you have to rely on a spinning combo. At other times, maybe you just need a break from casting gear. Whatever your reason, if you like to use spinning gear for more than just finesse applications, Denali's Lithium L883MS is a nice option. Jeff Kriet uses it for everything from drop shotting to throwing tubes. I liked it with rip baits and underspins/paddletails. I was surprised to find it has a relatively moderate taper, which usually speaks to a stick for primarily moving baits, but the L883MS behaves just fine in both vertical and horizontal bait presentations all leading back to its appropriate moniker as the Multi-Spin. If you're looking for one spinning rod to handle a very wide variety of presentations, the L883MS from Denali is very worthy of consideration.

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